We are particularly proud of our people and “Team DSWA”, which provide the highest level of service to our customers. We are committed to constantly increase the diversion, beneficial use and recycling of materials to minimize disposal requirements.

DSWA’s maintains a position as a world leader in developing innovative waste management solutions and our highly qualified team ensures we will continue to succeed in safeguarding our environment.


Richard P. Watson P.E., BCEE
Chief Executive Officer – CEO

Richard Watson, CEO, DSWA  Dover DE 9-29-2016 credit photograph by Eric Crossan 302-378-1700

Richard P. Watson P.E., BCEE was appointed as the Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s (DSWA) Chief Executive Officer by the DSWA’s Board of Directors at their December 2013 meeting. Mr. Watson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University and a Masters of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Delaware. Mr. Watson has been a part of the DSWA family since 1981, where he first served as a project engineer for Delaware’s first double lined sanitary landfill. He has served as DSWA’s Chief Engineer since 1991 and has overseen design, construction, and operation of all solid waste projects, including landfills, transfer stations, landfill gas control systems, and various recycling projects. He is a Professional Engineer in Delaware, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and is the first United States International Waste Manager for the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA). Mr. Watson has led instruction in landfill design and operation for the ISWA and served as Past President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America. In addition, Mr. Watson has served as an Environmental Engineering Program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. As Chief Executive Officer, he is responsible for a wide range of duties, including planning, organizing, and implementing all programs, budgets, and operations for the DSWA.

Robin M. Roddy P.E., BCEE
Chief Operating Officer – COO

Ronin Rody, COO , DSWA  Dover DE 9-29-2016 credit photograph by Eric Crossan 302-378-1700

Robin M. Roddy, P.E., BCEE was appointed as the Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s (DSWA) Chief Operating Officer (COO) in December 2013. Ms. Roddy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and received her Master of Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware and began working for DSWA in 1995. She began her career at DSWA as a Project Engineer, supervising solid waste capital improvement projects from development phase through design, permitting and construction. In 2000 she was promoted to Facility Manager of the Cherry Island Landfill, where she managed all aspects of landfill operations and environmental compliance until her appointment to COO in 2013. Ms. Roddy is a Professional Engineer in the State of Delaware and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. She has served as past President and current Board Member of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America and also serves on the External Advisory Council for the University of Delaware’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. As Chief Operating Officer she is responsible for a wide range of duties, including planning, developing, organizing and implementing programs and operations of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority

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